The tragic murder of George Floyd and the murders of numerous other men, women and children of color at the hands of the police and citizen vigilantes makes clear that we live in a system of white supremacy. North Carolina NOW (National Organization for Women) and its affiliate chapters stand with the NAACP, Black Lives Matter, Say Her Name, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, and other organizations and movements demanding racial justice. To remain silent is to be complicit in the continuation of systemic racism.
The injustice of systemic racism and discrimination must come to an end. We pledge to work individually and as a group to do whatever is necessary to support our brothers and sisters who have suffered for too long under the present system. Racial justice is a feminist issue as well as a national issue.
We call for systemic change and reform of the police. We call for the immediate de-escalation of force being used by the police against peaceful protesters. We denounce the use of military tactics against citizens exercising their first amendment right to protest. Individual officers and police organizations at every level must be held accountable for their actions.
We demand an absolute ban on chokeholds, the end to policing by racial profiling, revision of any policies promising qualified immunity to police officers, and finally, the end to using police for non-violent crimes where unarmed professionals could better respond (mental health, car accidents, etc.).
We recognize that this call for change must begin within each of us and within our organization. We are determined to see this through, no matter what it takes. We remain convinced that by standing together, we can end racism and build a community where no one lives in fear and where all can enjoy the promise of democracy.